The Timberwolves are interested in Derrick Rose for next season. Rose will be free agent from July 1 when his contract with the Knicks expires.
Per ESPN, Rose, the 2011 MVP, has a strong relationship with Timberwolves president and head coach Tom Thibodeau; he played for five seasons under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls. Rose and his agent, B.J. Armstrong, have both stated that they'd be open to re-signing with the Knicks. In his season-ending news conference, team president Phil Jackson said he was impressed by Rose expressing a desire to return despite the difficult season. Source:
Travis Schlenk will be the next GM of the Atlanta Hawks. Schlenk comes from the Warriors. Per The Vertical, The Atlanta Hawks are working on a contract agreement to hire Golden State Warriors executive Travis Schlenk as general manager, league sources told The Vertical. Schlenk has spent 12 years in the Warriors’ front office, including the past five as assistant GM under Bob Myers. Source:
LeBron James praised Kyrie Irving for his performance in Game 4 against the Celtics. Irving scored 42 points and led the Cavaliers to a comeback win. Per USA Today, “Same thing I've been saying since I got here – I've been saying he's a special kid. He's a special talent,” said James, who ended up with 34 points. “As the stakes get higher and higher, his game gets higher and higher. But it was nothing surprising for me. But he rose to the occasion, and he put the team on his back, and we definitely needed that effort from him.”
As reported by Zach Lowe of ESPN and confirmed by his agent, forward Josh McRoberts has exercised his player option for the next season, worth a little bit more than 6 mln. McRoberts suffered several injuries in the last two years and hasn't been able to give a serious contribute to the team.
Not a shocker, but sources say Josh McRoberts has officially picked up his $6M player option for next season.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) 23 maggio 2017
As reported by Espn, Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith and his wife took their daughter -- who was born five months premature -- home from the hospital Tuesday. Smith's daughter Dakota was born in January and has been at the neonatal intensive care unit at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, since then. Dakota weighed one pound at birth and now weighs 7 pounds, 5 ounces.
As reported by Espn, Boston Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas met with a hip specialist on Tuesday, the first in what's expected to be a series of visits designed to determine the best rehabilitation plan after he was forced to shut down for the season during the Eastern Conference finals. Thomas aggravated a lingering right hip issue during Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He did not travel with the team to Cleveland and Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that doctors might need the swelling in his hip to subside a bit more before he can get more definitive results. Source:
As reported by Espn, Steph Curry talked about his third consecutive finals. Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate this opportunity, Playing in this league, you can’t take anything for granted. Thirty teams suit up every year trying to get to this point, and only two teams do. So you have to appreciate it. We might not be jumping up and down and doing all that screaming at the top of our lungs and doing all that nonsense. But we need to understand the privilege that we have, an opportunity to play in the Finals again, to have the opportunity to win a championship.” Source: